1. What are the three social classes and the "one royal lie" in Plato's Utopia?
2. What is "justice" for Plato?
3. What's the difference between knowledge and opinion, for Plato?
4. The prisoners in Plato's cave are like people in our world who lack what, and see only what?
5. What must the philosopher/guardian do?
6. How does the meaning of "outside" change on a long walk?
7. What does speed do to time?
8. What is one of the secrets of walking?
- Do you find anything objectionable about sorting people into classes, either formally as in Plato's republic, or attitudinally in one's own thinking?
- What do you think of the idea that "friends should have all things in common, including women and children"? 111 If you didn't know who your father was, would you call all adults of the appropriate age "mother" and "father"? 112
- Plato was ahead of his time in calling for complete gender equality. Why do you think he didn't also call for complete social equality?
- Is there really only one "lie" implicit in Plato's republic?
- How do you define justice?
- Is there an objective standard of good and bad? Is "pleasure is good" objectively true? 117
- In what ways, if any, would you agree that our world is like a cave?
- What do you (dis-) like about being outside?
- Have you experienced the "inversion" of a long walk? 32
- Do you think the pace of your life is too fast? When you slow down, do you get more out of time? Or do you just get bored?
- Have you experienced the feeling of expanded "presence" while walking? 38
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